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2009-08-21

Protecting London Bus Information

A conduit system from Flexicon is protecting cabling for a new information system on London Transport’s 8,000 buses from mechanical damage, tampering and vibration.

 

London Transport has invested £117m in the new iBus system on all of its buses.  It is a global positioning satellite (GPS) bus location system that helps prioritise vehicles through traffic signals and will provide real time passenger information.  This information is displayed in both the bus and at bus shelters.  

Each bus has a central computer located under an upstairs seat, with cabling linking it to a bus door sensor and an information screen.  Wireless communications link the rest of the onboard system, which includes a GPS receiver, a bus priority radio, a next stop sign and audio announcement and a CCTV.

 

Says Bob Watson, electrical contracts manager for Wells Cabling:  “Each bus has about 100 metres of cabling that typically runs underneath the seats. We needed to protect this cabling and also the passengers.  The conduit system has to withstand mechanical damage, be resistant against vibration and be tamper proof.”

 

 

Flexicon supplied corrugated nylon which has a high compression strength.  The fittings simply push into place and provide a high pull off strength.  They are anti vibration and tamper resistant and can only be released using a screwdriver.

 

 

 

 

Continues Watson:  “Ease of installation proved to be another critical factor, with London Transport converting 12 buses every 24 hours.  Time off the road is lost revenue and they also need to bring extra buses into the fleet to cover their commitments.  The Flexicon system is fast to install, the conduit is easily cut to length and the fittings simply push into place.”

 

For further information please contact:  Flexicon Ltd, Roman Way, Coleshill, Birmingham, B46 1HG.  Telephone 01675 466900.  Fax:  01675 466901.  Email sales@flexicon.uk.com.  Web: www.flexicon.uk.com.


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